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S$5000 for a 3-week dose of cancer pills. That means one pill cost roughly S$250. And that’s got one Stage 4 lung cancer patient fuming. She sent photos and a short note of this to Gilbert Goh, the chief of voluntary welfare organisation Transitioning. According to her, the pills carry no medical subsidy and she can only use her medisave and insurance to pay – no medifund or medishield...

Looks like the bad boy of Singapore’s cycling world, Vincent Ang, has gotten into yet another skirmish, this time wrecking his prized bicycle. The cyclist, who is representing Singapore in the upcoming Southeast Asia (SEA) Games, took to the roads on his bicycle at around 4.44am yesterday (4 Mar) and somehow managed to get his bicycle wedged UNDER a car! The bicycle was intended for use at the...

Would you pay S$5000 for an etiquette specialist to come to your home and spend 8 hours teaching your children social etiquette? Well, some parents are doing just that. Like one couple living in a 4-room flat who forked out the dough so an etiquette specialist would teach their 9-year-old and 5-year-old kids proper manners – at the dining table, and in company. That’s according to etiquette...

At present, GST is added to the price of products such as petrol, cigarettes and cars, on top of the taxes already included in that price. The Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE) is urging the government to review this. It has called for GST to be calculated on the pre-tax prices of products, saying this places an extra burden on consumers. “Imposing GST on the excise duty is tantamount...

Does your Filipino maid have a Facebook account, and internet access so she can post updates? If not, then she should. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has ordered that domestic maids working outside the country should have a Facebook account and add the POEA and their recruiters as friends. This was issued in a memorandum issued on Feb 24, 2015. The POEA also made it mandatory...

Mdm Tan was dropping her son off at school at around 7.20am, when she saw a man drop-trou and masturbate. The man had one hand on his handphone and busy chatting, while his other hand was used to pleasure himself. Disgusted and fuming, Mdm Tan called the police, tailed the masturbator, and even snapped a photo of him doing the deed! The incident happened at Edgefield Plains Block 174C. Police later...

Death, to the tune of 190 lacerations and bruises. That was the fate of one 24-year-old woman, Ms Zhang Jie, after she broke up with her boyfriend – 31-year-old Xiao Guiliang, a China National living in Singapore. For that, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison today (3 Mar), and 6 strokes of the cane for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The killing took place on July 7, 2013, at...

At Serangoon MRT Station, commuters couldn’t even board the escalator to go down to the train platform. That’s how packed the rush hour crowd was this morning (3 Mar) as commuters hurried to get to work, only to be let down by yet another train disruption. Some commuters described the horror of being stranded in darkness in train carriages, as lights went off for some ten minutes. This...

What lengths would you go to, to peep at women in the potty? This chap is accused of dressing up like a woman, and sneaking into a women’s toilet in ITE West to peep at schoolgirls. The voyeur is allegedly a 21-year-old. He was caught and questioned by police. Photos of the incident were uploaded on Twitter by Nick Nolesta, who accused the peeping tom of trying to sneak a peek at his female...

A driver claims to be working for car-sharing company Uber has been accused of taking customers for a ride… to the tune of S$97 for a trip between Beach Road and Yio Chu Kang Road. One netizen, Amo Jov, posted on Facebook a picture of the taxi, together with his unpleasant experience. He said that on Sunday (1 March), he boarded a private car, whose driver claimed to be from Uber. The driver...

“Sure, I can pay more CPF for my wife. But what are my two my sons going to eat?” That quote about sums up the sentiments of husbands of stay-home mothers that Redwire spoke to. 34-year-old Lim Kin Fatt is a salesman who takes home about S$4500 per month because, in his words, he’s “good at his job”. His wife, also 34-years-old, quit her job as a clerk when their first son was born 5 years...

He’s decked out like a professional photographer, and charges S$5 for a photo with the Merlion. The only sticking point – he doesn’t have a license. Apparently this man isn’t the only photographer who’s sprung up at the Merlion Park near One Fullerton offering such services, according to tour guides. The man reportedly speaks like a China National, and tourists appear...

That’s why. You can’t park a vehicle within 3 metres of a fire hydrant, or stop and wait in the car either. But some sotong architect designed this Jurong Point taxi stand just NEXT to a fire hydrant, such that only the first taxi in line is safe from a parking summon. The second taxi waiting at the taxi stand and others behind it will be liable for a fine if they wait in the car to pick...

Chances are fees associated with employing maids will rise, as the Indonesian manpower ministry comes up with a roadmap to give maids more training so as to preserve the country’s dignity. This comes after Indonesian President Joko Widodo threatened to cut the supply of women going overseas to work as maids. Employment agencies in Singapore are already calling for maids here to sit for professional...